University Profiles

Bonnie Sturm

Bonnie A. Sturm, Ed.D., R.N.

Associate Professor - Graduate Dept.

College of Nursing


Dr. Sturm specializes in qualitative research, ethical issues in nursing, education, research and patient care.

Dr. Sturm has been teaching undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. level courses in Nursing since coming to Seton Hall in 2004. She has been awarded Tenure as of August 2010. Her area of clinical specialization is Psychiatric Nursing and courses she has taught include: Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing, Dying with Dignity, Group Dynamics, Master's Level Research and Health Promotion, as well as Ph.D Level Qualitative Research Design and Analysis. Dr. Sturm's Doctoral Research focused on Ethical Issues in Psychiatric Community Health Nursing and she has now expanded my research to include Issues of Ethical Importance in Nursing Practice. Her current research examines the Nurse's sense of personal dignity in relation to global self esteem and work satisfaction. While she has both quantitative and qualitative research experience, her particular expertise and passion is for Qualitative Design and Analysis.

Before coming to Seton Hall University, Dr. Sturm taught Nursing at Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY for 8 years. Prior to becoming a Professor, she practiced Nursing for greater than 20 years in varied settings including: Hospital, Hospice, Community and Psychiatric Nursing.


  • Ed.D. Columbia University
  • M.S. Hunter College
  • B.S.N. Pace University

Academic Distinctions

  • Inducted into Teacher's College Nursing Education Hall of Fame, Columbia University, 2011.
  • Researcher of the Year Award, Seton Hall University, 2006-2007.

Research Activities:
  • August 2000- July 2001 Data Collection period-Original Research Project culminating in Doctoral Thesis. Completed- November 2001 Ethnographic Study of Psychiatric Community Health Nursing Practice.
  • May 27, 2009- Current New Study SHU IRB approval obtained May 27, 2009. Exploring the Nurse's Sense of Personal Dignity, Global Self-esteem, and Work Satisfaction. Data collection activities completed and analysis in progress- May 2011.



Office Phone
(973) 761-9762


Office Location
Room NU233
Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Building


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